New turbines between Largs and Skelmorlie could bring money spinning opportunities into the local area with potentially over £200,000 being made available for local projects.

A public consultation regarding a turbine project between Largs and Skelmorlie is taking place in the area next week.

The exhibitions for Rigghill Wind Farm are an opportunity to find out more about the project and ask questions directly to the project team.

ERG and Burcote Wind are the developers behind the proposed 10-turbine development 1km south east of Skelmorlie.

A spokeswoman said: "We are committed to ongoing engagement with the public and wider community and would like to invite all to drop into the public exhibitions

"ERG and Burcote Wind had originally scoped a project up to 12 turbines. However following constructive feedback we are now bringing forward a proposed development of 10 wind turbines.

"The proposed wind farm will have a capacity of around 40MW with each wind turbine having a tip height of up to 149.9metres.

"A formal planning application is expected to be submitted to North Ayrshire Council in the first quarter of 2020.

"Burcote Wind and ERG believe passionately in the need for renewable energy but are also acutely aware of the necessity for sensitive and sustainable development, which is of benefit to the communities in which it will be located.

"They have committed to an annual award of £5,000 per MW to the local communities within the North Coast Locality of between £170,000 - £210,000 per annum, should the project be consented.

The public exhibitions will be held on:- Tuesday 26 November, Skelmorlie Community Centre, Skelmorlie, 1pm - 7pm, Wednesday 27 November, Largs Library, Largs, 12.15pm - 6pm, Thursday 28 November, Garrison House, Millport, 10am - 2pm

ERG and Burcote Wind had originally scoped a project up to 12 turbines.

Concerns have been raised in relation to the project by Skelmorlie Community Council who fear that an apparent Roman road in the area has not been indicated in the proposals.

West of Scotland Archaeology Service have advised that the registered road should be seen as 'indicative only and not a guarantee that a road existed or was in this location', while North Ayrshire Council say additional planning conditions including additional archaeological research of the area could be enforced into any application should it be granted.